Diamond Bragg doesn’t want to be remembered just for her hardwood exploits.
The Camp Hill senior, bound for what she hopes is a productive career at Wisconsin in the fall, wants to leave a mark on central Pennsylvania. Even if it still centers around basketball.
Bragg, with the help of Camp Curtin YMCA and Hamilton Health Center, is introducing the More Than A Game Charity All-Star Game in May, what she hopes will become an annual event.
More Than A Game will be an all-star game for high school seniors, with two full boys teams competing against each other and two full girls teams, 48 players in total. Players from across District 3, plus State College and Mifflin County to include the entirety of the Mid-Penn, will be eligible.
The game will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center on May 10. Proceeds will go to Camp Curtin YMCA.
“Coming from an area where being a collegiate athlete is idolized and rare, I am fortunate enough to be where I am today,” Bragg said in a statement. “With that being said, I am aware of my influence on my community and I want to use my voice to make a difference, while also following my desire to serve.”
Bragg met with several reporters from across District 3 last week in part to explain her venture. She wants to help student-athletes, in a program she helped create, to learn the ins and outs of college recruiting and preparation — from SAT preparation, to understanding NCAA rules and talking with coaches.
Bragg said when she met with reporters that she has always felt a calling to philanthropy. She hopes this event can have a lasting impact.
“My community is filled with many kids that are not fortunate enough to pay for college, and for some, sports may be one of the only ways to get a free education,” she said in her statement. “By creating a program like this I am providing many kids with an incredible and rare opportunity, a chance to transform their dreams into a reality.”
Players will be nominated and voted on over the next few weeks by several basketball reporters from newspapers that cover District 3 athletics, including The Sentinel. Invitations will then be sent to the 24 boys and 24 girls selected to play.
Bragg hopes to get sponsors for the event and is working through PIAA and NCAA compliance. Uniforms will be provided. She is also working on creating The Diamond Bragg Foundation, which will be a non-profit with 501©3 status.
“The most important thing that I have learned over the years is that it is not just about basketball,” Bragg’s statement said. “In order to get to the next level, regardless of what sport, you must be a well-rounded and distinguished individual that is able to succeed in the classroom and on the court.”
More details about the event, including the rosters, coaches and further information, will be made available over the next few months in the lead up to the game.
Bragg, who has scored more than 1,600 points and is looking to lead the Lions to a third straight District 3 championship and a PIAA Class 2A playoff run, is one of the top girls basketball talents in the state and certainly in District 3.
At 5-foot-9 with explosiveness, agility and an aggressive scoring mentality, the combo guard starred on last year’s squad that made the PIAA quarterfinals. She also plays for the Philadelphia Belles, an AAU program that has produced multiple NCAA Division I talents, including former UConn great and current WNBA All-Star Breanna Stewart, who led the Huskies to four straight NCAA championships.
For more information, contact Bragg at firstname.lastname@example.org.